Thursday, June 25, 2015

Do yourself a favour... The Devil in the Marshalsea

cover of book The Devil in the Marshalsea

When you read a great book you just have to share it with everyone. My latest read I was reluctant to even start.

The Devil in the Marshalsea is my current book club book. I totally judge a book by its cover, I know I shouldn't but I do. This book is black and dark and falls in the crime/thriller section, these are the areas I usually avoid.

However it also hangs out in the historical section and that is an area that rarely fails me.

I started The Devil in the Marshalsea with little expectation. I hoped it wouldn't be too 'thriller', not to gory.

Lucky we had a lazy weekend because once I got started I barely stopped. On Sunday morning I kept reading until midday, forcing myself to stop. You know those people who are early to school pick up and sit in the car park for an hour? I now know what they are doing, they are reading great books, well, that is what I planned into my day.

Tom is the main character who is very down on his luck. He ends up in the debtors prison, and prison of any kind in 1725 wasn't a place you wanted to be. You can trust no one and believe nothing.

Tom can earn his freedom from the prison by finding out who murdered an inmate recently, but every time you think you might know where it's about to go the next twist and turn springs on you. You now how you think of those people that are not obvious and think you are clever enough to have the book sorted...and each time you are wrong!

I am not going to say too much more as you just don't want spoilers in this book.

I really was on edge as I read it, I felt anxious reading as I worried for Tom and how he'd cope with each new day. Yet, I couldn't stop reading, desperate to know which character would be next to help him out of his latest troubles.

Do yourself a favour and have a read of this one.


  1. Thanks for the tip Clairey. I was looking for a new book to read and this looks good. Hope you have a few good books lined up for later in July. Hope all goes well and also hope you have a great day on Tuesday. Mrs PeeDee x

  2. I'll add it to my list. It doesn't sound like my type of book but I'l take your word for it. Reading in the pick up zone is a brilliant multi-tasking strategy :)

    1. I really agree, it isn't a book I would ever usually chose, but if you do read it I would love to hear what you think - were you as surprised as me that you enjoyed it, or does it confirm crime/thriller/history is not your thing?

  3. I love a good recommendation, it can be so hard to pick a good book!

  4. I didn't have time to read it for book club this month, but it's definitely on my list. Great review Claire.

  5. Wow ! Good post.I want to read this book.If anybody have this please share the link.


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